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Tuesday, 6 December 1960

Mr MENZIES (Kooyong) (Prime Minister) . - The Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Calwell) agrees that various cases crop up, some of which possess a good deal of merit and some of which perhaps possess little merit. It is very difficult to lay down a broad rule to cover all such cases. In any event, one of the purposes of this bill, which arises out of the Boyer committee's report, is to attract recruits of quality and to raise the standard of the service. Though : there must be exceptions here and there along the line, for a long time we have resisted the idea that because a man has been a temporary employee for twenty years he should have some vested right to permanency. The Leader of the Opposition is a man of experience in these matters and he knows that the board does everything possible to maintain employment for temporary employees who already have given long service. There is certainly no intention of varying that policy. A man who has given long service - for twenty years - in a temporary capacity has a claim which may not have to be expressed in terms of permanent appointment in breach of the general rules: but he has a human claim to be given special consideration, and the board contemplates that that will continue. In reply to questioning by me, the board says that it does not anticipate that there will be any threat to the continued employment of such people.

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